7 Health-Centric Resolutions That Have Nothing To Do With Losing Weight

7 Health-Centric Resolutions That Have Nothing To Do With Losing Weight

These resolutions will lead to a healthier you in the new year.
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With the new year on the horizon, resolutions are once again the focus of every conversation. The first thing associated with the topic of resolutions is weight loss. All around you, people are vowing to return to the gym and refine their diets. That's amazing for them.

But amidst all the chatter surrounding weight, many of us lose sight of the other resolutions we can make in order to improve our health. We forget that looking great means little if we aren't feeling great too.

Below are ways you can boost your physical health in the new year, apart from dieting and hitting the gym.

1. Make the effort to get more sleep.

We live in a society that views sleep as an unnecessary luxury, an activity best kept to a minimum. Being busy is the key to a life well-lived, and if you aren't functioning on a mere four to five hours per night, how can you truly be successful?

No one tells you the toll that losing a few hours here and there can take on your health. Not sleeping can result in decreased concentration, a poor memory and a greater chance of developing a more dire condition. So in the new year, try to achieve the recommended amount of hours for your age. You'll thank yourself later.

2. Remember to take vitamins.

You'd think all those years of parents insisting we take our vitamins would have had a more notable impact on our daily regimens. Yet, most people I know don't even own vitamins, much less take them every morning. This is bad news, especially when you consider that the majority of us are deficient in something.

Start taking a multi-vitamin each morning. It takes five seconds and could boost your health in a number of ways. If you really want to ensure you're getting the right amount of nutrients, you can take things a step further. One simple blood test and your doctor can tell you what other supplements you might need to take. If you're consistent, you'll likely feel the difference after a month or two.

3. Increase the amount of time you spend outdoors.

If you can swing it, head to the nearest mountain and go for a hike. Physical benefits aside, spending time in nature allows you to forget your worries even just temporarily.

But even if you're unable to truly immerse yourself in nature on a regular basis, try to go for a stroll outside at least once every day or two. You'll be amazed by what a bit of fresh air and sunlight can do for mental and physical wellbeing.

4. Keep track of check-ups and appointments.

"When's the last time you saw your PCP?" This question is frequently met with a long silence, sometimes followed by the awkward "What PCP?"

With busy lives and high co-payments, the argument that you only need to visit the doctor when sick is an enticing one. There is, however, a reason that yearly check-ups, dental cleanings and six-month specialist visits are recommended even if it might be a pain taking the time from your schedule.

5. Stay hydrated.

We're all a little dehydrated, and very few of us are actively working to rectify this problem. With side effects of dehydration ranging from exhaustion to headaches to dry skin, it's probably a smart decision to start tracking water intake.

Most sources state that you should strive to consume around eight eight-ounce glasses of water daily. This goal can be difficult to meet when we're running from place to place, but buying a 16-ounce bottle can alleviate some of the struggles. Carrying it with you will remind you to drink water, and the faster you chug, the faster you'll reach your goal.

6. Cut back on your vices.

A small cup of coffee? Only one margarita at happy hour? Sounds like insanity! Unfortunately, it's also a crucial change to make if you're looking to feel happy and energized. Habits like caffeine and alcohol, which are fine in moderation, can be more harmful than helpful if left unchecked.

7. Nurture your mental health.

This is a broad resolution, but many of us forget that stress and depression are major players when it comes to our bodies. They place a strain on our cardiovascular systems, digestive systems and reproductive systems. Over time, that strain can lead to more serious ailments.

Ridding ourselves of constant negative emotions is easier said than done. This can be a lifelong process, and for some of us, might require professional assistance. For others, partaking in activities we love or learning meditation techniques may do the trick.

Make a promise to determine what works for you. Then, practice it.

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

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Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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No Matter What, Do Not Be Afraid to Express Yourself

Do not be afraid to stand for what you believe in no matter how many are against it.

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The most prevalent trait that I have carried throughout my entire life is the inability to express my thoughts and emotions. Even on paper, I feel like I can never fully get out what is hoarding my brain. It's kind of cool to have some things about my self that I only know but it can become extremely unhealthy to keep everything locked inside and never telling others how I truly feel. The more I keep in, the more isolated and lonely I feel.

I know I am not alone in this and that many struggle with it. The most extroverted people you know could be hiding the most.

One of the reasons people find it hard to express themselves is due to the fear of judgment from others. No one wants to get hurt or feel ashamed. So, just saying nothing, hiding everything that makes you stand out from the rests is a great way to make sure that doesn't happen.

But really, in the end, does it really matter what bunch of people who are struggling just the same think about your weird characteristics. No. Be goofy, stand up for what matters to you most and know that there is always someone out there who loves you for you.

Another reason we like to keep things hidden is that we don't think our opinion matters. There so many times in my life that I kept my mouth shut either because I was too afraid, did not want to put attention on myself, I did not think what I had to say was different than everybody else, or I just thought that it did not matter what I had to say.

Sometimes its okay not to always state your opinion on everything but in other cases it could really benefit others if you did. Your opinion could be just what someone needs to hear to comfort them or shed light on a situation. You could also see a different side of something that someone was trying to think of but couldn't.

If you do not express yourself and what you believe in you start to mold into the ones around. You start to do things that you do not believe in just because you are too afraid to tell others how you really feel. Its okay not to have the same values and beliefs as others.

Expressing yourself can also build a substantial amount of courage. It takes bravery to announce not only your beliefs but just your own personality. People will admire your ability to not care what the world around you thinks.

The world is a scary placed filled that scorns against anything that stands out, but that's okay, be yourself anyway. Maybe by being yourself you can impact and inspire those around you.

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